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Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio

Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio tells a compelling story about Central America's drug war through a series of rich photographs. The book, which is entirely bilingual in English and Spanish, focuses on Guatemala, which has become the primary point of transit for cocaine produced in the Andes and bound for the United States and Canada. Along with an increase in crack cocaine use, Guatemala City has seen an increase in Pentecostal drug rehabilitation centres. The centres are places of abuse and torment, but they are also lifesaving institutions in a country that has no other viable social service for those struggling with drug addiction.

Kevin Lewis O'Neill en Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela
30 November 2020
Website University of Toronto Press

Art of Captivity / Arte del Cautiverio investigates these centres as architectural forms while also highlighting the cultural production that occurs within them, such as drawings and letters created by those imprisoned. By revealing intimate portraits of a population held hostage by a drug war, this stunning work of visual ethnography humanises those held inside these facilities, breaks down stereotypes about drug use, and sets the stage for a hemispheric conversation about prohibitionist practises.

Art of Captivity Book Launch with Jon Lee Anderson

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